2 Corinthians 6. Forum Discussion

Paul writes to the Corinthian church and urges them not to receive God’s grace, “In vain.” Google’s definition of “In Vain” is, “Without success.” Paul is trying to help them to be successful in their Christian walk and to receive God’s abundant grace the right way.

In verse 2 Paul quotes an old testament scripture found in Isaiah 49:8, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.” The scripture is written from God’s perspective, meaning that when it says, “I listened to you,” and, “I helped you,” it is referring to God doing both of those things.

Paul makes it a point to tell them how he and his fellow servants of God are servants in both good times and bad. He lists the things that they either have endured serving God, or that they are willing to endure. Starting in 2 Corinthians 6:4, Paul lists these things to include:

  • Afflictions
  • Hardships
  • Distresses
  • Beatings
  • Imprisonment
  • Riots
  • Sleeplessness
  • Hunger

Paul also mentions the blessings that he has received while serving God. These include:

  • Purity
  • Knowledge
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Genuine love
  • Understanding

The point that Paul is making here is that he is not a fair-weather servant. He is a servant of God for better or for worse, in good times and in bad. This was written as an example for us to follow. God commands us to put him first, above all else. Not just in good times. Not just in bad times. But always. He wants us to serve Him when things get difficult, not just when it is convenient for us.

The great news is that when we do this, God will take care of the rest. As it says in Mathew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The reward for doing this is eternal life with God and Jesus and all of the saints in heaven.

Amen

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"Now is the acceptable time." - Amen!

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